Whatever you want out of your quarterback — strong passing, dual-threat qualities, big-play speed or power run game — Norman North has a guy to get it done.
Most weeks, the Timberwolves will utilize at least three additional players behind center to complement passer Peyton Gavras, who threw for 268 yards and a touchdown in last week's Class 6A quarterfinal upset of Broken Arrow.
Backup quarterback/starting receiver Channing Meyer is one of Gavras' top targets at wideout, but can be a running or throwing option. In addition, linebackers Jordan Evans and Jaxon Uhles combined for 13 direct-snap carries against Broken Arrow.
Evans is a big-play threat, as he has shown in the kick return game this year. And Uhles quarterbacks the power formation, aptly named the U-Haul, which produced a key third-quarter touchdown last week.
Uhles says the team's attitude is good, especially for a large group of seniors, heading into Friday's matchup with Owasso at Tulsa Union, which is the team's first-ever state semifinal appearance.
“Coming in our freshman year and turning the program around, beating one of the top-ranked teams in the state, it's pretty awesome,” Uhles said. “We've just got to keep it rolling.”
TITANS GET REMATCH
Carl Albert is no stranger to rematches.
For the third consecutive season and fourth time in five years, the Titans will play a team they've faced in the regular season.
This is only the second time, though, that Carl Albert will face a team that beat them during the regular season.
The Titans (7-5) will play Bishop McGuinness at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Norman's Harve Collins Field.
The Irish beat Carl Albert 42-32 on Sept. 28.
Carl Albert has won six consecutive games.
The only other time in recent year that the Titans have played a team they lost to in the regular season was in 2008. Tulsa Washington beat Carl Albert 40-7 in the season-opener that year and the Hornets also won in the Class 5A championship game, 28-17.
After missing the opening playoff game against Del City due to a health issue, Carl Albert lineman Caleb Holland returned last week against Claremore.
VIAN DOMINATING THROUGH 12 WEEKS
After averaging more than 60 points per game during the regular season, Vian's offense has been even more powerful the last couple of weeks.
In two playoff games, the Wolverines are averaging 77 points per game. Vian beat Haskell 78-8 in the opening round and Kansas 76-26 last week.
Amazingly, the win over Kansas was one of the Wolverines' closest games of the season. The closest came in the season opener, when Vian beat Spiro 55-7.
This week, though, things figure to be significantly tougher as Vian hosts two-time defending Class 2A champion Hennessey — the last team to defeat Wolverines.
The Eagles (10-2) have won nine consecutive games since a 1-2 start that included losses to fellow powers Jones and Kingfisher.
Hennessey gave Class 3A No. 1 Kingfisher its toughest game of the season, falling to the Yellowjackets 21-20 on Sept. 14.
Hennessey beat Vian 18-7 at home in the 2A quarterfinals last season.
Advance championship tickets on sale next week
The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association will release tickets for the Class 6A-4A, B and C state championship football games at 8 a.m. Monday at OSSAA.com.
The Class 6A-4A championship games will be played at Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater Nov. 30 or Dec. 1. The dates and sites for the eight-man Class B and C title games will be announced this weekend following the state semifinal contests.
By Scott Wright and Ryan Aber